Text by Bethany Adams
There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing a space transformed—which is why we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite examples. From kitchen renovations to exterior makeovers, these before and after images show just how magical a design refresh can be.
Cooking with Color
Photography by Laurey Glenn, Construction by River Brook Design & Construction, Designs by River Brook Interiors
All-white kitchens have been all the rage in recent years, but this professional baker wanted something with a little more punch. When the team at River Brook Design & Construction was done, the kitchen boasted bold shades of blue and plenty of practical details—and other spaces in the home were also treated to a refresh.
Simple but Sweet
Photography by John O’Hagan
This Fairhope, Alabama, haven proves you don’t need an expensive overhaul to make a house feel like home. Refinished floors, airy window treatments, and lovely layers in cozy neutrals make all the difference!
A Color-Filled Cottage
Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg, Styling by Kristen Alcorta, Designs by Shannon Hickok Design, Built by Creighton Construction, LLC
Designer Shannon Hickok filled this subdued family home with bold design—from vibrant hues and eye-catching patterns to layered fabrics that add endless interest.
A Full Refresh
Photography and designs by Jenna Sue Designs
Blogger and design pro Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Designs is an expert when it comes to transforming dark and awkward spaces into dream cottages—like with this formerly cramped kitchen turned open-concept cooking and dining space.
Photography by Jenn Verrier, Architectural designs by Great Seal, LLC, Renovations by Marks-Woods Construction Services, Interior designs by Marks-Woods Construction Services and Campbell Minister Design
To update this historic townhouse, a design dream team came together in updating the floor plan, adding square footage, and refreshing the décor—all while honoring the home’s history.
Updates and Upgrades
Photography by Mac Jamieson, Styling by Mary Beth Jones, Construction by River Brook Design & Construction, Designs by River Brook Interiors
Compared to the dated, cramped ‘before’ of this kitchen space, the new design by River Brook Design & Construction is unrecognizable.
Photography by Jean Allsopp, Architectural designs by T.S. Adams Studio, Architects
From frumpy to fairy-tale ready, this exterior update by T.S. Adams Studio, Architects, was built onto the existing foundation to create something breathtaking. Beneath a fresh coat of paint and lovely landscaping, a sloped roofline, new chimney, and shingle siding resulted in layers of added charm.